The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays

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Fontana Press, 1993 - Culture - 470 pages
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In The Interpretation of Cultures, the most original anthropologist of his generation moved far beyond the traditional confines of his discipline to develop an important new concept of culture. This groundbreaking book, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award of the American Sociological Association, helped define for an entire generation of anthropologists what their field is ultimately about.

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User Review  - Arda Aghazarian - Goodreads

From the precis notes: Geertz is critical not just of detached methods of interpretation, but also of the technical, left-brain assumptions of what culture is and of how people pick up behavior from ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lasse Blond - Goodreads

The essays "Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture" and "Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight" will remain classics within anthropology and ethnography. Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Clifford Geertz (1926-2006) was a cultural anthopologist. At the time of his death he was professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He was professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago from 1960 to 1970. He carried out fieldwork in Indonesia and North Africa, which forms the basis of his books published by the University of Chiocago Press.

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